Environment and climate change

Children and climate change

The evidence is indisputable: climate change and environmental degradation undermine the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. UNICEF's fundamental mission is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does, and so environmental sustainability is fundamental to UNICEF.

UNICEF’s approach to environmental sustainability aims to:

Reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation on children’s rights;
Identify and enhance opportunities to advance the rights of children which arise from global and local attention on climate change and environmental degradation;
Adopt environmental sustainability management throughout UNICEF. 

Environmental sustainability provides major opportunities to deliver better results for children. UNICEF is strengthening its engagement at both global and local level together with its partners.

Watch "Voices from the Climate Frontlines" and hear what children think about climate change.